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Among other topics, the priorities of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the EU will be discussed. The focus will be on combating the economic and societal consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, and thus also on the special meeting of the European Council on 17 and 18 July. Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Rutte will also exchange views on bilateral and international issues.

Beginning at 19.00, a livestream of press statements from Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Rutte can be found here (German only):